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M’sian Borders Should Be Opened To International Tourists By 1 January 2022 Says Muhyiddin

today11 November 2021

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(Source: Hairul Anuar Rahim/New Straits Times)

What’s in a pandemic? Since March 2020, Malaysia’s ports of entries have been closed to international tourists on account of the ongoing scourge.

Countless thriving communities and livelihoods built around the tourism sector across the nation saw their revenue streams dry up almost instantly. Think empty beaches and hotel rooms, but spare a thought for those that rely on those places for jobs.

Businesses like those which haven’t already fallen victim to the pandemic, are surely on their last legs now – some 20-months later.

Imagine if places like this one in Redang Island closed down. (source: CNN Travel)

In light of this quandary, ex-Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin – now chairman of the government-advisory National Recovery Council (MPN) – has proposed that the country’s borders be fully open to international tourists latest by New Year’s Day.

“Taking into account the…

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Written by: Ahmad Hamizan